Category Books

Book Summary: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Reciprocity Styles: People can be classified based on reciprocity styles as givers (do more for others), matchers (operate on quid-pro-quo basis) and takers (look for personal gain at the expense of others). Success and Reciprocity Styles: There is a high correlation… Continue Reading →

Getting There: A Book of Mentors

This book is a collection of memoirs and life lessons from leaders in diverse fields, ranging from investing (Warren Buffett), art (Marina Abramovic), business (several) to academia (Nitin Nohria). The content is surprisingly fresh and different from what one may… Continue Reading →

Self-Efficacy: The exercise of control

Introduction This blog post is an attempt to condense some learnings on self-efficacy. Some of us have been introduced to the concept by this illuminating book – A Defining Decade by Meg Jay.  The internet unfortunately does not provide good content… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: The Happiness Advantage

Seven principles from the book: The happiness advantage: Happiness does not follow success. The reason is that each time we are successful, we change the goals (the definition of success) just a little bit so happiness remains a moving target…. Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘Creativity, Inc’

Ideas from the book Make sure your environment facilitates, and not hinders, the culture that you want to foster. If you want open communication oblivious to ranks and pecking order, a rectangular meeting table is a bad idea. So are… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘The Defining Decade’

‘The Defining Decade‘ is a book by clinical psychologist Meg Jay who has spent her career studying adult development and spent multiple years doing therapy for twenty-something clients helping them sort out their lives. Notes below are not exhaustive, those… Continue Reading →

Notes from “The Virgin Way” by Richard Branson

Listen intently to everyone who has an opinion to share (whether you accept it or work on it is a different story, but do soak it in). On luck – “you can really work at helping it along”. Being at the… Continue Reading →

Notes from Venture Deals (Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson) – Part I

In a hurry? Just skim over the italics in this post – they represent key dos and don’ts for founders. Part II of the post is here. Resources askthevc.com – companion website. Has sample term sheets. Standard Forms used at… Continue Reading →

Notes from The Power of Positive Thinking

Caveat Emptor: Great book, but throws in way too much Christianity/religion in the face of the reader. IMHO, it is much easier for humans to place absolute confidence and faith in an abstract higher power, than it is to place… Continue Reading →

Notes from Thinking Fast and Slow

This post is a collection of insightful concepts and statements I found in Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow. Apologies for the lack of coherence towards the end – the volume of the book ensured I got down to just… Continue Reading →

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